Office of the Secretary of Defence

We support the Ministry and its people to work effectively as well as the Secretary of Defence in her role as Chief Executive of the Ministry of Defence.

The Office suports the Secretary to ensure the Ministry:

  • is a sustainable, resilient organisation
  • plans effectively
  • is accountable as appropriate to its role as the Government’s lead civilian advisor on Defence matters
  • supports the Ministry’s staff to work effectively and in strong partnership with the New Zealand Defence Force and other Defence and security sector agencies.

The Office of the Secretary of Defence is headed by Carol Douglass, Deputy Secretary, Strategy, Governance and People.

Contact us